Mother of child burned in Jackson “horror house” sentenced to probation

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — It’s a story that shocked mid-Michigan.

A little boy severely burned in a house of horrors.

And now, more adults from that house are facing the consequences.

Back in March, the 4-year-old was severely burned by a butane torch lighter in a home on Adams Street in Jackson.

Investigators say the adults living in the home didn’t get him any medical attention.

A relative called police to intervene.

When officers went inside to rescue the boy, they found a filthy home full of trash, animals, feces, and insects.

Four adults from the house have been charged with child abuse, and are now being sentenced.

Charged with two counts of second degree child abuse, Ashlee VanNess learned her punishment Wednesday morning in Jackson County Court.

“It is the sentence of the court that you serve 24 months on probation,” said Judge Susan Jordan.

The 26 year-old was sentenced to two years of probation.

She will only see jail time if she violates her probation.

VanNess is just one of four adults charged in this case.

Last week, Christina Ryan, another woman living in the house, was also given probation.

VanNess told 6 News after the sentencing that she was in Florida when her 4-year-old son was burned, and she was the one who made sure police were called.

However, VanNess realizes she left her child in that dangerous situation, and she deserves to be punished.

Neighbors on Adams Street have been closely following this case.

“I think they need a little more than probation. Because you know as seriously as that child was injured and burnt, I think they need to serve a little bit of time,” said neighbor Vanessa Davis.

But neighbors are satisfied that the house of horrors will no longer haunt them.

This week, the city of Jackson spent $11,110 to tear down the condemned home, leaving behind an empty lot.

“I feel real happy about it, because it’s such an eyesore. And it makes the neighborhood look a lot better,” Davis said.

As the neighborhood recovers, so does the little boy.

He’s now in foster care, and his severe burns continue to heal.

“I am so happy. Really liked that little fella, riding his bike up and down the street,” Davis said.

Oren Ryan, a man living in the house who’s been described as the boy’s father, is going to be sentenced next week.

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JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – The mother of a young boy burned inside a “house of horrors” in Jackson has been sentenced.

It’s the story that shocked Jackson.

Back in March a 4-year-old boy suffered serious burns inside a filthy house full of trash and animals.

Investigators found so much more inside, including several adults who, police say, did nothing to help the boy.

The boy’s mother broke out in tears as she was given two years of probation.

That happened as neighbors on Adams Street in Jackson are relieved that the dirty house where the boy was burned is now nothing but a memory.

The boy’s mother, Ashlee Vanness, was charged with two counts of second degree child abuse.

Today the 26-year-old was sentenced to two years probation.

But if she violates her probation she’ll go to jail.

Vanness is just one of four adults charged in this case.

Last week another woman living in the house was also given probation.

Vanness didn’t want to go on camera but told 6 News Jackson bureau reporter Aaron Dimick that she was in Florida when her child was burned and she was the one who made sure police were called.

However, Vanness realizes she left her child in that dangerous situation and she deserves to be punished.

As these adults are sentenced the condemned house where the boy was burned has been torn down by the city, which is welcome news to neighbors.

“I feel real happy about it because it’s such an eyesore in the neighborhood, and it makes the neighborhood look a lot better,” said neighbor Vanessa Davis. “Maybe we’ll get rid of the bugs and the rodents, because you know, they were in there too.”

Oren Ryan, a man living in the house identified as the boy’s father, was supposed to be sentenced today but his case has been put on hold until next week.

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